Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is an independent departmental corporation under Schedule II of the Financial Administration Act and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Labour.

CCOHS functions as the primary national agency in Canada for the advancement of safe and healthy workplaces and preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. Additional work in this area is carried out by provincial and territorial labour departments and workers' compensation boards.

CCOHS was created in 1978 by an Act of Parliament - S.C., 1977-78, c. 29Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Act. The act was based on the belief that all Canadians had "...a fundamental right to a healthy and safe working environment." .

The Centre, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is governed by a tripartite Council of Governors representing government (federal, provincial and territorial), employers, and workers.

CCOHS promotes the total well-being - physical, psychosocial and mental health - of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions. It makes credible information about workplace hazards and conditions easily and widely accessible to all Canadians - promoting safe and healthy workplaces.

Services offered

  • Partial online list (with hyperlinks) of occupational safety regulations in Canada and its provinces[1]
  • Inquiries Service - the free, confidential, person-to-person information service for Canadians
  • OSH Answers Q&A on CCOHS website
  • Health and Safety Report free monthly electronic newsletter
  • Pandemic Planning portal - tools, tips and resources
  • Advancing Healthy Workplaces portal - information on creating healthy workplaces
  • Webinar presentations
  • Podcasts on a variety of issues and topics as well as interviews with experts
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Classification Database
  • Young Workers Zone website for new and young workers, addressing the high levels of injuries and illnesses suffered by this group of workers
  • CANOSH website
  • e-courses
  • Chemical safety databases and services
  • MSDS Management Service
  • OSH Works Occupational Health and Safety Management Service
  • classroom courses
  • health and safety posters
  • health and safety pocket guides - CCOHS publications are offered in English and French and in several formats (print, CD ROM, DVD, PDF)
  • CANWrite Safety Data Sheets authoring software
  • Workscape online discussion board


  1. ^ Canadian enviroOSH Legislation website

External links

  • CCOHS homepage
  • Inquiries Service
  • Advancing Healthy Workplaces Portal
  • Pandemic Planning Portal
  • Young Workers Zone
  • Workscape - online discussion board for health & safety community
  • The Health and Safety Report E-Newsletter
  • WHMIS Classifications Search
  • CanOSH - Canada's National Occupational Health Safety Website
  • CCOHS on Facebook
  • CCOHS on Twitter
  • CCOHS on SlideShare